Unless they change it to be higher scoring, less flopping and make it more suitable to TV(more commercial breaks and such) then soccer is always going to be the 5th sport of the US at best. Baseball is America's pastime yet it's slipped to 3rd place in the big 4 of US sports is suffering massive attendance declines in most stadiums. It's got a fair amount of problems related to actual entertainment value as soccer does and it shows.
Honestly the sports update are so far the only thing I'm wary about because they seem so unlikely and not in tune with how things would actually go. The aftermath of WW3 would have been the absolute worst time for the brain damage problems to pop up. The American public honestly wouldn't care due to the fact they're helping to assist in the global recovery and along with just about everything else. It's not gonna be a big scandal and parents aren't going to care about games being to rough when odds are they've had the older siblings fighting in the damn war.
Thanks for the constructive criticism. As far as the brain injury scandal, there will be a couple reasons its bigger.
1st. Socialized Medicine makes all medical issues political. In the background of the debate is the question of whether taxpayer dollars want to go to support sports. With all of the injurieis post-war already runnign up budgets, the question of prevention becoems bigger. Also, as discussed earlier, mental health is a focus of AmCare.
2. edited out as it needs to be re-thought.
3. Political expediency: with the rise of progressives, both established aprties are looking for wedge issues to drive up base support.
4. This is not a uniform scandal, and there is no universal agreement on its importance, its just that a certain few are activated by it. In a sociaty increasingly divided three ways, narrow but intense support matters more than broad-base support.
5. I'll let out a secret, football won't be banned, just like video games ITL, the momentum, especially psot-war isn't there. But that doesn't mean it can;t become an issue.